Student Life

Student Leadership

Student Leadership Programs

At VES, we believe every student has the potential to lead. In fact, students are encouraged to begin imagining their potential for leadership from the moment they step on campus.
Through our Student Life Program, we help students grow to understand themselves and their strengths, gain skills in cultivating healthy relationships, and envision how they can contribute their skills to our VES community and beyond. We spend time discussing what it means to lead, and provide opportunities for students to stretch themselves through formal leadership roles.

Formal student leadership roles exist in at every grade level in the form of Student Council, composed of elected members responsible for organizing school activities and providing student feedback to the administration.

In the junior year, students who have demonstrated positive role modeling may be selected to be Resident Assistants, who lead activities each weekend and assist in creating a vibrant and healthy atmosphere on dorm.

As seniors, students who are selected by the community may serve in a range of important roles that lead the school in maintaining a culture of honor, integrity and healthy community norms. These positions include Senior Counselor, Head Counselor, Honor Committee Member and Honor Committee Chair.

VES Is Student-Led

Students participate in a variety of leadership roles on campus—in the classroom, the arts,  athletics and the more than 30 clubs on campus. Opportunities range from serving on the Honor Committee, Counselor Body, Student Council, Vestry and Alpha Order; as Resident Assistants and team captains; as leaders of community service programs and much more.

Leadership Councils

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  • Counselor Body

    Selected by students and faculty and appointed by the Headmaster, this group of seniors represents the best of VES. They serve as ambassadors of the school, resident advisors and duty team members.
    The Counselor Body is a group of senior leaders who help counsel and lead fellow students toward a vibrant and productive life in the VES community.
    Counselors represent the best of VES students. This group is intentionally diverse, made up of unique individuals — scholars, athletes, artists and a mix of races and cultures. Their different talents and interests allow each one to connect with and mentor like-minded students, and to demonstrate to all students the skills of a group working tightly and smoothly together. What bonds this group is the shared quality of integrity. The Counselor Body’s first job is to uphold our school’s high ideals of honesty, service and effort.
    Selection of counselors each May is a significant school event, involving both students and faculty input and final appointment by the Headmaster. Students chosen to be counselors do not necessarily enter VES as leaders. Many develop their leadership styles and skills during their time here through the unique experiences and challenges offered at VES.
    Our counselors are valued, respected and essential. From the first day of school, they are involved in creating the campus tone of friendliness and respect by helping new students transition into the community. They organize school events, provide leadership in dorms, generate school spirit with fun activities and assist the faculty with the responsibilities of campus duty. Throughout the year, counselors serve as friends and mentors, offering encouragement, support, understanding and wisdom about the importance of good choices.
    2019-20  Counselor Body

    Ismael Plet, Head Counselor
    Amsterdam, Netherlands

    Jordan Anderson | Lynchburg, VA
    Hunt Bailey | Advance, NC
    Josh Buckley | Lynchburg, VA
    Vassar Camden | Lynchburg, VA
    Will Cox | Lynchburg, VA
    Nia Cummings | Lynchburg, VA
    Megan Foster | Lynchburg, VA
    Emme Gravely | Greensboro, NC
    Dylan James | Ontario, Canada
    Marian Laing | Charlottesville, VA
    Mary Blair McLean | Richmond, VA
    Hannah Morris | Lynchburg, VA
    Nana Kofi Obeng-Mensah | Bristow, VA
    Daniel O’Brien | Lynchburg, VA
    Cenyongyi (Sunny) Sang | Ningbo, China
    Julianna Sigler | Lynchburg, VA
    Sarah Bennett Smith | Merigold, MS
    Josh Staggers | Stafford, VA
    Shiyao (Alida) Tang | Beijing, China
    Landis Thompson | Lynchburg, VA
    Lara Wood | Nashville, NC
  • Honor Committee

    Selected by student vote, this judiciary committee promotes, supports and defends the honor system at VES by reviewing all honor offenses and making recommendations for consequences to the Headmaster.
    The members of the Honor Committee serve as role models, promoting the moral and ethical values established by the school’s founder, Bishop Jett.
    Every spring, the students of Virginia Episcopal School gather in the chapel to select the members of the next year’s Honor Committee. It is the only group of student leaders serving the school selected entirely by the student body and appointed by the Headmaster.
    Students wishing to serve on the committee must submit written applications which are read by the student body. The elected members go through a rigorous training period with past and current members of the Honor Committee who share their experiences of serving on the committee. The new members also have the opportunity to observe numerous mock trials and conduct practice trials themselves. At the start of each school year, the Honor Committee holds a special service for all students and faculty to sign an honor pledge, reminding the community of its high ideal of honesty and integrity. The Honor Committee is also responsible for conducting Honor and Integrity Week at VES which brings speakers to campus to discuss the subject of honor. This committee represents one of the top leadership roles in the school.
    2019-20  Honor Committee Members
    Jordan Anderson (Chair) | Lynchburg, VA
    Hunt Bailey | Advance, NC
    Josh Buckley | Lynchburg, VA
    Vassar Camden | Lynchburg, VA
    Nia Cummings | Lynchburg, VA
    Emme Gravely | Greensboro, NC
    Joshua Staggers | Stafford, VA
  • Student Council

    With the council president and grade-level representatives selected by student vote, this group focuses on class leadership. Each class is tasked with a focus for improving life at VES, allowing students opportunities to develop leadership through service, spirit and school events.
    The purpose of the VES student government is to:
    • Provide a service to the school
    • Promote leadership and participation within the student body
    • Provide modes of communication between students, faculty and administration
    • Encourage the expression of student concerns, opinions and issues
    • Expand student involvement in all areas of campus life

    Elections for office are held each May for 10th, 11th and 12th grade representatives to serve the following school year. Freshmen representatives are elected in the fall of the school year in which they will serve.
    All council members meet together each week to discuss school life, issues of concern, ways to promote school unity and individual class fellowship.

    2019-20  Student Council Members

    Will Cox, President
    Lynchburg, VA
    Freshman Class:
    Maya Berrera | Lynchburg, VA
    Nikitha Prabhu | Lynchburg, VA
    Alex Sterne | Lynchburg, VA
    Fisher Zhang | Lynchburg, VA

    Sophomore Class:
    Thomas Davis | Tappahannock, VA
    Virginia Haga | Lynchburg, VA
    Harrison Irby | Lynchburg, VA
    Xavier Lee | Lynchburg, VA
    Lilly Lewis | Lynchburg, VA
    Louise Sprunt | Wilmington, NC
    Junior Class:
    Hunter Buresh | Charlotte, NC
    Ellie Cordell | Charlotte, NC
    Lillian Pang | Beijing, China
    Jack Sorenson | Lynchburg, VA
    Senior Class:
    Dixon Sprock | Charlotte, NC
    Drew Tompkins | Lynchburg VA
  • Junior Resident Assistants

    2019-20 Resident Assistants
    Carly Chafin | Charleston, WV
    Harry Cook | Lynchburg, VA
    Elizabeth Cox | Lynchburg, VA
    Ji Yao (Alison) Guo | Shenzhen, China
    Yuzhi (Tina) Hui | Xi’an, China
    Owen Julich | Raleigh, NC
    Elizabeth Moorman | Fayetteville, NC
    Lucy Catherine Olmert | Rocky Mountain, NC
    Jack Prahinski | Lynchburg, VA
    Patrick Schools | Nashville, TN
    Chase Vaughan | Raleigh, NC
    Jaden Waterman | Albany, NY
    Zhenghan (Johnny) Zhou| Shanghai, China
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